Ethiopian Foreign Minister Welcomes US State Secretary

08 March, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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"Since that day, thousands more have died at the hands of terrorists in Africa", the top U.S. diplomat told listeners at a university in the state of Virginia.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to Africa and into some political crises in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Last month, three United Nations aid agencies and the National Bureau of Statistics described the food situation as alarming with over seven million people in South Sudan estimated to be food insecure.

He said China encouraged dependency, utilised corrupt deals and endangered its natural resources.

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Tillerson said he has made many trips to Africa before, in his former career as an oil executive.

Some experts say Washington and Beijing can both benefit from their work on the continent, even though China is focused on infrastructure and the United States is focused on education and health care.

Geng said China will continue to promote large-scale infrastructure and industrial development in Africa.

"The AU Mission in Somalia - or Amisom - includes troops from five African countries, stabilising areas under attack from Al-Shabaab and permitting much needed aid to reach the Somali people", Mr Tillerson said.

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African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat (4th-L) speaks during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (3rd-R) in Beijing, Feb. 8, 2018.

Speaking at George Mason University, Virginia, before his departure, the Secretary of State expressed optimism that there was ample opportunity in Africa for economic growth, greater prosperity and for responding to global challenges through mutually respectful partnerships.

The trip, his first official visit to Africa, as Secretary of State, will begin with a trip to Ethiopia and later to Djibouti from where he will go to Kenya and Chad before coming to Nigeria.

A swift influx of USA assistance, along with that of other donors, is helping improve humanitarian conditions in all of these countries but ultimately it is up to the leaders in these countries, particularly in South Sudan, to stop the violence and put the welfare of their citizens at the forefront of their actions, the US State Department said in a statement seen by APA on Wednesday.

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Yamamoto said Godec is among the most senior American diplomats serving in Africa and that he stands as "a model of leadership and engagement".

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